Michael Jackson dies in LA hospital

By: AP
By: AP

June 25, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson, the record-breaking, sensationally gifted "King of Pop" who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world's most influential singer and dancer, and the tabloid world's most disturbing celebrity, has died. He was 50.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Jackson died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

His death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    It's funny how Revs. (plural) Jackson and Sharpton couldn't wait to weigh in on this one. Guess they both have been out of the spotlight too long. Looks like Rev. Sharpton won this one though. He's with the family, while poor Jesse only gets news interviews on TV. As he promotes the 'Jackson Memorial Tour', I'm sure he has nothing but spiritual guidance in mind! What a true man of God he really must be!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    It's funny how his Dad, who used to "whip" them into shape as children is saying 'Everyone is celebrating now, why didn't they do that while he was alive?' Well, Mr. Jackson, your Son was a musical icon at one time, so much so that he will have a legendary status like Elvis. However, he has spent the last 15 yrs. or so acting like a reclusive freak, transforming himself into one during the process, paying off parents of children he most likely molested (parents who are just as guilty for allowing it), and hanging his child over a balcony (which for anyone else would have been grounds for immediate removal of the child from the home). He became old news with his bizzare behavior, probably thanks to his treatment, by you, as a child...and now, you make your comment and you say you're the best guardians for his children. Does anyone buy this BS?
  • by ac Location: augusta on Jun 27, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    good music and a very good dancer!!! but also a childer molester and a freak who wanted to be white
  • by ace Location: augusta on Jun 26, 2009 at 08:04 PM
    now that he's gone his record sell are up what a shame on anyone who buy's his music after he's gone... so now everyone thinks he's great maybe if u had brought them before this he would'nt have had such a hard time to make a come back..but i guess we'll never know anyone want buy my thiller lp record?
  • by Anonymous Location: Augusta on Jun 26, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    What a sad day we've experienced. My heart goes out to his children,family and friends. He will be SADLY MISSED but NEVER FORGOTTEN. To the SO CALLED FAN from beech island, GROW UP. This isn't the time for that negative remark you made. It's a time for HEALING and CELEBRATION.And YES it should be a DAY to REMEMBER THE K.I.N.G!! So Jackson family keep your heads up,chest out and be PROUD. The rumors are lefted behind, and the DREAM lives on.ONE GREAT MAN.
  • by bls Location: beech island on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    how can anyone praise a man that abuse's a child ..i can't.. did'nt he pay people off for his crime yes he did! now he gota play the maker,,btw he did'nt beat it ..it beat him this time
  • by Firehawk on Jun 26, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    Oh boy.....heres another Elvis..sorta.
  • by ms. collier Location: augusta ga on Jun 26, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    my heart goes out to the jackson family im so sorry and michael your music will stay alive!!! we are going to miss you dearly
  • by Jackie Location: Hephzibah on Jun 26, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    The world has suffered three tremendous losses: Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. They have a place in the heart of many generations and generations to come. Those of us who can continue to celebrate their lives by remembering their positive attirbutes will greatly preserve their legacy. Human Nature, Man in the Mirror, and Remember the Times are my favorite Michael Jackson songs. They have messages and display a part of his heart that many may not have known. My thoughts and prayers are with all families, not only may they rest in peace, but I pray that God will strengthen thier families thgough this tough time.
  • by Pam Location: Thomson on Jun 26, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    Yes, Michael had some very wonderful music and yes, I guess we can call him the "King of Pop," however I find it very hard that we are condemning Mark Sanford for being human and making a mistake -- I agree that he should have to make right the fact that he used tax money to finance his travels, etc. and I agree he should have a pennance to pay for lying to he public about his whereabouts, but the affair and other personal issues should remain just that....PERSONAL! He has served us well. Don't lose sight of that. But back to Michael -- he had wonderful music but he couldn't handle the pressure of super-stardom, much like Britney, Paris, Lindsay, and fell from grace -- having reviewed his life on TV last night, I simply do not grasp how we can immortalize him and overlook all of the "wacko-jacko" stuff. I'm just waiting for the new holiday! Let's get real! Report the news! Report crimes, report war, report things we need to know about!
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